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Portland officials declare riot, force protesters away from burning police union office

Added 08-09-20 02:57:02pm EST - “Portland officials declared a riot in the city during Saturday night demonstrations after the police union office was set on fire.?” - Thehill.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Thehill.com: “Portland officials declare riot, force protesters away from burning police union office”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Portland officials declared a riot in the city during Saturday night demonstrations after the police union office was set on fire. 

Demonstrators broke into the Portland Police Association Office at about 11:35 p.m. Saturday and started a fire, prompting Portland police to designate the gathering as a riot “due to the criminal activity within the crowd.” Surveillance video captured the fire being set. 

Protesters had also erected a fence, pushed dumpsters in the street, set a dumpster on fire, spray painted the office and destroyed security cameras, according to a release from police. 

A riot was declared after a group broke into the @PPAVigil offices, started a fire, and continued to feed the fire more fuel. This is a terribly dangerous situation. Officers moved the crowd so the fire could be extinguished before it could grow out of control. https://t.co/GyBrgqcK0e

Police ordered “all people, including members of the press and legal observers” to leave the area or be at risk of facing arrest, citation or crowd control agents like tear gas. Oregon State Police assisted with the dispersal of the crowd.

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